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Well-Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Sam Kirk All we fought for
Adia 2018 from the series Outcry by Whitney Bradshaw

Located In: Hyndman Gallery, Brinka/Cross Gallery, Susan Block Gallery

Well-Behaved Women: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage is comprised of artworks by 23 women artists in order to celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave women and men equal voting rights.

Well-Behaved Women includes living, contemporary artists and a number of deceased artists from different eras. Many of the artists share their lived experiences, addressing areas where women lack access or rights; lean into the emotions felt as a result of inequity; critique language; and subvert the canon of the “male gaze” where women are presented as objects rather than subjects. They elevate and reclaim mediums, such as embroidery and quilting, that have been historically denigrated as “craft” and “women’s work.” There are also those who draw strength from the spiritual power inherent in their female ancestry

Well behaved women seldom make history.” ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

From the engravings of Maria Sibylla Merian, the first woman to study insects scientifically, to four famous women of the Abstract Expressionist movement who accomplished ground-breaking status in a genre that was steeped in brute masculinity, this exhibition celebrates a variety of women’s voices that have led us to this moment in time.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Michigan City Commission For Women, Nisource Charitable Foundation and Nipsco.

Watch Our Virtual Tour with Exhibitions Director Lora Fosberg

Exhibiting Artists:

  • Anoush Bargamian,
  • Marie Bergstedt,
  • Melissa Blount,
  • Whitney Bradshaw,
  • Ruth Burke,
  • Mary Ellen Croteau,
  • Elaine de Kooning,
  • Shannon Downey,
  • Grace Hartigan,
  • Juarez Hawkins,
  • Olivia Jobbe,
  • Rachel Kanter,
  • Sam Kirk,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Anne Leuck,
  • Maria Sibylla Merian,
  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Natalie Jackson O’Neal,
  • Colleen O’Rourke,
  • Macie Renee,
  • Cathi Schwable,
  • Hollis Sigler,
  • Ashley Paige Young